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Autonomous Systems and Robotics (M.S.)

Illinois Tech’s Master of Science in Autonomous Systems and Robotics will provide students a proactive experience through cutting-edge technologies and research. This degree program is designed to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to develop innovative solutions required by this emerging global industry.

Self-driving cars, unmanned air vehicles, robots, and a range of other autonomous and semi-autonomous systems are becoming an integral part of contemporary life. The foundation of our department’s autonomous systems and robotics coursework is supplemented by forward-thinking engineering course options in which graduate students can turn theory into practice.

Our graduates will be prepared for successful careers in industry or further study in a doctoral program.

Learn more about the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering’s faculty research expertise.

Program Overview

The M.S. in Autonomous Systems and Robotics focuses on physical systems and the internal algorithms by which they are controlled and monitored for real-time operations, environmental awareness, and decision-making. Graduates of this program will be leaders in the innovation and development of self-guided platforms needing limited intervention, including vehicles, robots, and collaborative physical systems.

Career Opportunities

Our M.S. in Autonomous Systems and Robotics degree program will prepare you for the following careers with applications to autonomous ground vehicles (self-driving cars and trucks), industrial robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and spacecraft:

  • Control systems engineer
  • Autonomous systems engineer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Interface developer
  • Navigation and guidance systems engineer
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Program requirements are outlined in the graduate course bulletin. 

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B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, physics, industrial engineering, or mathematics

Featured Faculty

Matthew Spenko
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Co-Pi, CARNATIONS
Nelson Nelson
Assistant Professor; Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Department
Boris Pervan
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Director, CARNATIONS